Morning Briefing -- Tuesday, July 29


Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Storytime at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child; it will be lots of fun for both of you.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- Weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one, every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street.

For more information call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Support group

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous meets at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.

Playgroup for toddlers and parents

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for 2 to 5 year olds and their parent/guardian. The activities include: Fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. We meet each Tuesday, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Schools Out Children's Center at 901 Main St. Call 802-442-5107 for more information.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in July the Bennington Senior Center will be holding RSVP Bone Builders from 8:30-9:45 and 10-11:15 a.m. and HELP from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Meditation for Everyone sessions

BENNINGTON -- Meditation has been practiced for millennia, and is a way for the mind to begin to know itself. This knowing moves us towards freedom, self-acceptance, kindness and compassion. Our hearts become more open. We move toward happiness. Join us Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. $1 requested contribution if possible.

Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, please bring one. Sessions facilitated by: Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer.

For more information call 802-447-0393 or contact

Hillary Rodham Clinton book signing

SARATOGA, N.Y. -- On July 29 at 12:15 p.m., Northshire Bookstore Saratoga will host a book signing with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, author of "Hard Choices." The signing will take place at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway. She will sign copies of her new book, "Hard Choices."

Tickets are required. A limited number of tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 14. Tickets are free with the purchase of one copy of "Hard Choices" from Northshire Bookstore. One ticket per book. Purchases may be made in-store or via phone at 855-339-5990.

Families Together caregiver gathering

BENNINGTON -- Are you caring for a loved one? We know it can be difficult. Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service, partners with families to share information and problem solve to make caregiving for a loved one easier.

Families Together meets at BPI on the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public and next meets on July 29.

Bennington Project Independence is located in the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman building at 614 Harwood Hill in Bennington. For more information on the services available at Bennington Project Independence, or to schedule a complimentary visit or tour, call 802-442-8136.


Volunteers needed for PAVE hotline

BENNINGTON --It would be hard to imagine what a victim of domestic or sexual violence would do if we weren't there to answer the hotline 24/7. To ensure this does not happen, PAVE is seeking applicants for its crisis hotline, to help out on weekends and after hours. Since its inception, PAVE has relied heavily on volunteers to provide round-the-clock emergency crisis intervention.

Think about what 24-hour coverage means. At any given time, an advocate could receive a call from someone needing medical attention or emergency housing; from a sexual assault victim who is hurt, scared, and has no idea what to do; from an employee being stalked by a co-worker; or from a person who is confused about an ongoing relationship and just needs to talk.

Our volunteers have included teachers, office managers, college interns, therapists, retirees, and survivors. The one component they have in common is their belief that no one deserves to be abused and their strong commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence.

No prior experience is necessary; just a willingness to help. PAVE will provide specialized advocacy training that will increase a volunteer's confidence in his or her ability to provide a heightened level of support for and trust from victims of violence, and a degree of professionalism needed to work with various agencies within the community.

Volunteer advocates are an integral part of PAVE, and become part of a valuable community-wide support system that promotes and helps create positive outcomes for individuals and families affected by relationship violence. Training will begin on Sept. 15. Please join our team of dedicated advocates. Call Nancy at PAVE at 802-442-2370 for additional information and for an application and registration.

Peace vigil

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will hold its August Peace Vigil on Saturday, Aug. 2 to protest the current bombing of Gaza by Israel. Please join us at the Four Corners at 12:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will have its August gathering at the CAT/TV Building on East Main Street at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by the annual drawing for a hammock from Nicaragua and our business meeting at 7 p.m.


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